Nintendo E3 2013 Report Card (Super Mario 3D World and Smash Bros.!)
Nintendo bummed out their fans when they announced that they were cancelling their plans for a traditional press conference presentation at this year's E3. That being said, Nintendo didn't just abandon E3 completely. They decided to host a Nintendo Direct conference instead, hosted by Satoru Iwata, focusing on many upcoming games for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
There was a lot riding on Nintendo's Nintendo Direct conference, but I personally think they dropped the ball. To find out why, check out my score at the bottom of this article. And in the meantime, also check out my complete recap of [...More
Sony E3 2013 Report Card (Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III!)
E3 2013 has almost wrapped up all of its major press conferences. Microsoft kicked off the day and converted an Xbox One hater with me. From there, Electronic Arts gave a stellar conference that really highlighted their biggest new games, especially the stellar Battlefield 4. Ubisoft revealed more next-generation IP during their conference that followed shortly after EA's.
But the world was truly waiting in eager anticipation for Sony's press conference for a multitude of reasons. Sony had many questions to answer during their press conference. How much is PS4 going to cost? Will PS4 block used games? Will people have [...More
Ubisoft E3 2013 Report Card (The Division and Assassin's Creed IV!)
Ubisoft sort of stole the show from Nintendo last year when they announced Watch Dogs, one of the first games running on next-generation hardware, which really took gamers by surprise and captivated many. Watch Dogs was the surprise hit of E3 2012, and Ubisoft wanted to recreate their success of last year. Unfortunately, they also recreated their weak hosting choices.
Aisha Tyler drove me nuts, sure, but Ubisoft's press conference wasn't all bad! It was definitely the weakest press conference so far, but at the same time, Ubisoft still managed to keep it from being a complete waste of time thanks [...More
Microsoft E3 2013 Report Card (Halo 5 and Dead Rising 3!)
Okay, so...wow. I went in to the Microsoft E3 press conference with a totally negative attitude. For weeks, I have been denouncing the console at every possible opportunity. The used games policy still bugs me, the entire Internet requirement situation is also a big downer. When I geared up to watch the Microsoft E3 2013 press conference with my buddies, I was expected to laugh and jeer with them at Microsoft's blunders.
Boy, is my foot in my mouth now.
I wrote about how the Xbox One was more like Xbox Done. I took shots at Xbox One in my preview for [...More
Electronic Arts E3 2013 Report Card (Titanfall and Battlefield 4!)
After Microsoft's stupendous E3 presentation, EA continued the trend with a fantastic press conference that hit all the right spots. It featured teasers for future games that fans have been clambering to see for years now. It featured details of its upcoming next-gen games from some if its biggest franchises, and we got information on the next game coming from the famed BioWare studios.
All of this, plus new game announcements made EA's press conference one of the best its had in years, and it has helped make this one of the best E3 events I have ever seen in my [...More
iMech Online Walkthrough [ Guide ]
Take the fight to the streets with iMech Online. Using fully customizable battle mechs, you can decimate opponents in an online environment and prove your mettle as the best destroyer in the world. There are a lot of rooms for upgrades in order to make your robot more formidable, and there are a rich array of options to choose from that will suit your fighting style. This guide will take you through most of what you can expect from this exciting online battle game.
iMech Online is a game where players can participate in free for all battles against other players [...More
Monster Loves You! [ Review ]
There have been a slew of titles coming out that mix genres and styles of gameplay these days, while some seem to throw complete curve balls entirely. Monster Loves You! is a strangely-named game that turns the player into some sort of monster babysitter and puppet master combo, letting you take care and control of a monster through its life. It's almost like a hybrid of god game and adventure game with a single monster.
Radial Games and Dejobaan Games, the latter being the makers of games with strange titles like Aaaaa!: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity and Drunk Robot Pornography, [...More
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Walkthrough [ Guide ]
The world of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is treacherous, and it poses even more danger if you are a beginner in the game. Players may find it very difficult to adapt to the environment, as other players work pretty much for themselves, and would not spend the time and effort to take a newbie under their wing. Thus, players must be able to follow certain rules and guidelines in order to survive long enough to upgrade themselves into the warriors that they would ultimately be. Here are some beginner tips that you can follow once you start the game.
Tekken Card Tournament Walkthrough [ Guide ]
Tekken Card Tournament is a collectible card game that lets players simulate the fighting action of Tekken without having to do all those button mashing combos manually. By collecting and playing cards on your deck, you will be able to string together attacks that will decimate your opponents, bringing to life the essence of this beloved fighting franchise to a whole new audience. Who is the best Tekken fighter in the world? Play the game and find out.
Tekken Card Tournament allows players to collect cards that feature attacks from their favorite Tekken characters. They must then face off one on [...More
Tekken Card Tournament [ Review ]
If anyone told you that Tekken can be fought using cards, you would probably scoff at the notion. The franchise is known as one of the best fighting games of all time, and any other game mechanics aside from button mashing may seem like blasphemy. However, that is exactly what Tekken Card Tournament is, and before the torches are lit, this game might be worth a brief look, even for those who are severely offended by the idea.
Tekken Card Tournament plays out very much like a game of rocks papers and scissors, in the sense that players will have no [...More
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) [ Review ]
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the expanded version of Monster Hunter Tri, which was released in 2009 in Japan and in 2010 in other areas. It is available for both the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U, and it aims to capture as much an audience as it does in the West as it did in Japan. Those who have played the game in its exclusive Wii incarnation might feel that this new title isnít worth looking at, but Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate does provide for some subtle yet enjoyable differences that might make this game worth a second [...More
Monster Hospital Walkthrough [ Guide ]
Monster Hospital will let players experience the hustle and bustle of a real life hospital, albeit with monsters as patients. Heal the injured and sick monsters and make a name for yourself as one of the best health practitioners in the monster world with this great game from Beeline Interactive.
Monster Hospital allows players to build their hospitals from scratch. From there, they must be able to treat patients that will be coming in as fast as possible in order to level up quickly and gain fame for your hospital. Players can also hire staff and get upgrades in order to [...More
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress [ Review ]
Even with the trend of instant gratification in games these days, there are still developers who are more interested in long-term gameplay experiences that stick with their players for a good amount of time. One of those genres that is all about thinking of the long term, it's the stretegy genre. Now, from the makers of Sins of a Solar Empire, the grand sci-fi 4X strategy game, comes another 4X strategy game with more of a fantasy twist.
Stardock Entertainment is perhaps one of those video game companies that stays true to its roots and remains consistent with its vision and [...More
Jagged Alliance Online Walkthrough [ Guide ]
Jagged Alliance Online is an adventure game that requires players to take on the role of a company of mercenaries as they travel around the globe and take on missions that require strategic combat skills. To begin, you would only need to name your company and hire your first mercenary, and you would soon be on your way to sign your first contract.
In Jagged Alliance, players must participate in battles that are turn based in nature. Performing actions will cost Action Points or AP. You must also hide and use the terrain in order to have a good offensive or [...More
PES 2013 - Budget Master League Online Players [ Guide ]
In the Online Master League mode of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, the race is on to sign players in order to create the ultimate team. However, with a limited budget, you cannot get a team of superstars with impressive stats all around straight away. A little searching and scouting, though, will reveal some high quality players that you can include into your roster without making a huge dent in your budget. This article lists down some of the more affordable but very useful players within Pro Evo 2013.
Playing the center forward position, this Argentinean footballer has pretty decent dribbling [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: What to expect (Monster Hunter 4!)
The Tokyo Game Show is the Japanese equivalent of E3 in the United States, or Gamescom in Europe. It is a hugely important show, and it is traditionally the last of the major gaming shows of the year. Obviously, Tokyo Game Show focuses on the Japanese market, but that's not to say that the news coming from the show doesn't effect the rest of the world. There are often major announcements at the show, such as the reveal of the Wii remote controller and its motion control functionality, and new details about confirmed globally-released games obviously pertain to overseas gamers [...More
Ghost Recon Online [ Review ]
With the prevalence of free-to-play games these days, ranging from RPGs, MOBAs, and to a plethora of online shooters, perhaps it was a signal for Ubisoft to get in on the act. As such, they have come out with the free-to-play open beta stage of Ghost Recon Online, based on the Tom Clancy games of the same name. It's a third-person cover-based shooter that lets you play soldier with other players online.
As far as presentation goes, players will find the interface and visual style to be clean and direct to the point, so there is little downtime between exploring menus [...More
Gamescom 2012: Ubisoft (Ghost Recon Online and Might & Magic!)
Sony really impressed me with their Gamescom press conference. The focus on brand new games and hyping already announced titles helped their conference stand out from all the others. Now Ubisoft closes out Gamescom on the second day of Europe's biggest gaming show with a conference of their own, promising to focus on free-to-play video games.
Ubisoft is hugely pushing free-to-play gaming, and they believe that it is the future of the gaming industry. Apparently, free-to-play gaming will become a $24.7 billion dollar market by the year 2014.
To promote their free-to-play lineup, Ubisoft announced that their free-to-play game The Settlers Online [...More
Looking Forward: The Elder Scrolls Online, DMC, and Lost Planet 3!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most well-received video games of this entire generation, garnering massive critical praise and selling millions and millions of copies. The game is highly regarded as one of the best games ever made. That's all fine and good, and players can expect even more Skyrim content in the form of DLC due out this summer, but The Elder Scrolls franchise is branching off. A spinoff is on the way in the form of a PC-exclusive. And if you're an Elder Scrolls fan, you should be excited. Why? Because Elder Scrolls is finally [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Nintendo (New Super Mario Bros. and Mass Effect!)
Pikmin are all around us
Who is the most important person at Nintendo? Shigeru Miyamoto. Not only is he the mind behind gaming's greatest franchises such as Super Mario and Zelda, but Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the key people responsible saving the industry from the video game crash of 1983. Miyamoto is a bonafide video gaming legend. Starting their show with him was probably the best way to go about it. It got the crowd excited, it got me excited (...), and it got all the Nintendo fans frothing out the mouth, for sure.
The video in question showed Mr. [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Sony (God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us!)
A wonderful history
First off, I must say that Sony's stage was really impressive. From the lighting to the set structure to the overall design was just outright cool. By comparison, the other press conferences feel a bit "small time", so to speak. I'm glad Sony takes E3 seriously. It shows by the amount of production value they put into their presentation.
Leading up to the show, we were given interviews with various members of the gaming community, like developers and more, all around the E3 area. This was a nice way to lead up to the press conference, but I was [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Ubisoft (Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed III!)
Sometimes I get a bad feeling, yeah
Once again, there was awesome pre-conference music that got me pumped up. Ubisoft lacked a video game highlight reel like the one EA boasted, but still, got me very pumped up. Speaking of music, the first half of Ubisoft's conference was basically all about music. Specifically, their major music game franchise. You probably know it. It's the biggest dancing franchise in the world. I'm talking about Just Dance 4.
Do I particularly care about Just Dance 4? Not really. I've never really been invested in the franchise. But I am able to recognize that the [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Electronic Arts (Dead Space 3 and SimCity!)
Get pumped up...in space
Before EA's show actually began, they placed a really awesome highlight reel showing off a lot of their upcoming games, with an upbeat, techno soundtrack that was very well done. Microsoft's biggest problem with their conference was the lack of game focus. EA started their conference strong by actually showing like they care about gaming.
EA then promised to show us 10 games throughout their conference, all developed by 10 different studios. Hey, an E3 press conference with a little structure? I can dig it. The first game they showed was the recently revealed Dead Space 3. [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Microsoft (Halo 4 and Splinter Cell: Black List!)
And so it begins...
Microsoft kicked off their E3 press conference with a cold open. A live-action film sequence saw a large UNSC ship crashing into a planet, with the people inside freaking out, as well they should. This bled into footage of Halo 4. This gameplay footage revealed that Halo 4 is a lot like Reach in terms of graphics, but it revealed a few new details about the game.
For one, Halo 4 features brand new enemies. Yes, we knew this before, but unless you checked out the leaked photos of Halo 4 action figures, you didn't know what these [...More
Elder Scrolls Online [ Preview ]
The Elder Scrolls franchise was started in 1994, and fans of the game and its previous installments have seen the series involve from a DOS-based game to a very wide role playing, open world epic, with stories and lore spanning continents and thousands of years. Now, The Elder Scrolls story continues anew, and this time as a massively†multi-player†online role playing game (MMORPG) with The Elder Scrolls Online.
The Elder Scrolls Online, or TES Online, is the first project of ZeniMax Online Studios, a game studio that was founded in 2007. It is also the first game in the Elder Scrolls series [...More
PES 2012 - Master League Online Walkthrough [ Guide ]
The goal in Pro Evolution Soccer 2012's Master League Online mode is to build a successful team of football players that will compete for honor and prizes. It is similarly setup to the original Master League game, and you get to buy players and sell ones that you donít wish to keep. It has the option of going for an official team, but the real challenge of the game comes from domination using a team you built from scratch! This article will include a few tips on how to go far in the game.
Build a Winning Team
Patience is part of [...More
Monster Pet Shop Walkthrough (iOS) [ Guide ]
Beeline Interactive developed Monster Pet Shop for the iPhone/iPad. Your main job in the shop is to take care of the monsters that are to be sold and manage a pet show. To keep those monsters happy, this guide will provide you with tips, hints, tricks, and cheats.
You have to get used to taking care of your monster. The four essential actions that you need to do are feeding, petting, cleaning, and playing. An exclamation point will signal that your monster requires caring, and it will appear above their habitat. You just have to tap on the habitat to get [...More
Age of Empires Online Walkthrough [ Guide ]
Age of Empires Online brings you into a rich and immersive environment where you build your very own world. Share it with friends or rivals from around the globe but be careful, building the best is not always easy. We are here to help you in that goal. Our walkthrough will explain the basics and guide you through some of the more tricky areas of game play.
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A. Types of Repeatable Quests
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Age of Empires Online [ Review ]
Before being considered a part of gaming history, Ensemble Studios had developed seven titles of the Age of Empires series in collaboration with Microsoft Studios. There were also three spin-offs that were released before the company was dissolved in 2009. In this decade, the classic strategy game is back with a vengeance.
Microsoft has collaborated with Robot Entertainment, a company formed by former employees of ES. The game is now free-to-play with a mix of online social components, but it is far from a much awaited sequel after a long hibernation.
The latest publicity is creating an impression to the gaming community [...More
Deadlock: Online (iOS) [ Review ]
The onslaught of "freemium" online games for the iOS has started to flood the App Store with really cheap options for mobile gaming addiction. Despite the fact that you have to pay to get certain items and other features in the game, developers are careful enough to leave enough open to attract new players into the fold. This is also true with Deadlock: Online, which seems to have quite a bit of potential.
The top-down perspective is good for the mobile platform, and the developers should be commended for this decision as it makes the online component of the game much [...More